Writing Resources

Beyond The Margins

A blog, a sounding board, a daily dose of insight. This resource offers essays on the craft of writing and the business of publishing. You’ll find interviews with authors, editors, and agents, as well as humorous pokes at the craft, the industry, and at ourselves. Think literary magazine run amok. beyondthemargins.com

Blood at the Source: Research Tips for Mystery Writers

Mystery writer and librarian Barbara Fister helps writers maneuver through the maze of research sources available online. Not just for mystery writers, but any writer who needs to dig into forensic science, criminal justice sources, psychology encyclopedias, legal information, and much, much more. barbarafister.com/BloodattheSource.html

One Look Reverse Dictionary

This resource lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word. In most cases you'll get back a list of related terms with the best matches shown first. onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

Poets & Writers

P&W has provided information, support, and guidance for creative writers since 1970. “Tools for Writers” provides staff-reviewed and compiled resources helpful to writers. These include databases of creative writing contests and grants for writers, MFA programs, literary journals, and more. pw.org

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab –  OWL

This well-respected, commercial-free resource for writers will help you use correct grammar in your writing. OWL is recommended by faculty at UC Berkeley's online editing certificate program. owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/5

University of Washington’s Writing, Editing, and Publishing Program

A streamlined link for information on all of UW’s Writing, Editing, and Publishing programs. A good resource for those students interested in the literary arts, but who may not yet know which program is the best fit for them. pce.uw.edu/certificates/writing

Your Dictionary – Grammar

Your Dictionary's collection of articles on grammar rules and usage is easy to use. Quick clicks give you access to specialty definitions, sentence examples, quotes, and more. grammar.yourdictionary.com